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Today's Features

  •  It’s back-to-school time! Yellow buses cruising neighborhoods, stores shouting sales on student supplies and millions of children begging for an extra hour of sleep. As you prepare your family for the coming school year, don’t forget your pets. Those lazy days of summer are soon to be interrupted by early morning chaos and frenzy, creating anxiety in many dogs and cats.

  •  By John Nelson

    You think it’s hot now? It’s just the beginning of August. It’s time for everyone to take a deep, air-conditioned breath and figure out ways to deal with the weather.

    One way is to remember that before long, there will be signs of autumn (so soon?) and eventually everything will be cooling off, with displays of autumnal blooming everywhere. Our mystery plant is one of the autumn-bloomers and it packs an olfactory punch.

  •  The past few weeks have been blisteringly hot, and the appeal of crisp, healthy and delicious summer salads has been rising with the temperature. As the temperature rises, my appetite goes down. Heavy food tends to take a back seat during these warm days and lighter meals seem more appealing.

  • SOUTHPORT — Adventurers interested in a different kind of day trip need look no further than the ferries in this historic waterfront town.

    Visitors with vehicles can drive on board the Fort Fisher Ferry, departing regularly throughout the day to cross the Cape Fear River from the Southport terminal at 1650 Ferry Road.

    The Bald Head Island ferry carries passengers to the lush 12,000-acre Brunswick County island, where bicycles and golf carts are the only means of transportation.

     

    Southport-Fort Fisher ferries

  • Since its inception, The Tim Clark Band has been wowing audiences wherever it goes.

    It’s expected the band will do the same when it performs at the next Sunset Beach Summer Concert scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. next Wednesday, Aug. 12, at the gazebo in Village Park on Queen Anne Street. (For more details, go to www.SunsetBeachConcerts.com.)

  •  Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Caroline Cooper Holland and Taylor Jaye King, both of Raleigh. The bride-elect is the daughter of Mark and Milinda Holland of Ocean Isle Beach and Susie Holland of Raleigh. The prospective groom is the son of Russell King of Mills River and Dianne King of Flat Rock. A Jan. 30, 2016, wedding is planned at The Chapel at Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh.

  •  Samantha A. Smith, a student at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, has graduated from the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Cadet Initial Entry Training at Fort Knox, Ky. She is the daughter of Laurie A. and stepdaughter of William D. Britt, and granddaughter of Thomas P. Smith, all of Ocean Isle Beach.

  •  I read an interesting article by Jordan Denari, a research fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, where she works for the Bridge Initiative, a research project on Islamophobia. The piece expanded on the confluence of two worlds: the world of Christianity, specifically the spirituality of St. Ignatius, and that of Islam. As Denari noted, “It’s a special time in the Islamic world, and in the Ignatian world, too.”For that matter, it is a special time for all of us.

  •  About this column

    “Live Life Fully” is a new syndicated column by Linda Arnold making its debut today in the Beacon. The column examines everyday challenges and offers practical suggestions, interspersed with humor, drawing from the author’s experience in the fields of psychology, business, health and wellness.